Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Science Fiction Argosy - Damon Knight

An anthology of older stoires, of reasonable quality. Interestingly, it also includes a novel (Bester) and a collection (Sturgeon) as well, so a little bit of a long, strange beast.

Science Fiction Argosy : Green Thoughts - John Collier
Science Fiction Argosy : The Red Queen's Race - Isaac Asimov
Science Fiction Argosy : The Cure - Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
Science Fiction Argosy : Consider Her Ways - John Wyndham
Science Fiction Argosy : An Ornament to His Profession - Charles L. Harness
Science Fiction Argosy : The Third Level - Jack Finney
Science Fiction Argosy : One Ordinary Day with Peanuts - Shirley Jackson
Science Fiction Argosy : Bernie the Faust - William Tenn
Science Fiction Argosy : Light of Other Days - Bob Shaw
Science Fiction Argosy : The Game of Rat and Dragon - Cordwainer Smith
Science Fiction Argosy : Becalmed in Hell - Larry Niven
Science Fiction Argosy : Apology to Inky - Robert M. Green
Science Fiction Argosy : The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
Science Fiction Argosy : Day Million - Frederik Pohl
Science Fiction Argosy : Manna - Peter Phillips
Science Fiction Argosy : Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? - Robert Sheckley
Science Fiction Argosy : Somerset Dreams - Kate Wilhelm
Science Fiction Argosy : He Walked Around the Horses - H. Beam Piper
Science Fiction Argosy : Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-Tah-Tee - Fritz Leiber
Science Fiction Argosy : Sea Wrack - Edward Jesby
Science Fiction Argosy : Man in His Time - Brian W. Aldiss
Science Fiction Argosy : Four Brands of Impossible - Norman Kagan
Science Fiction Argosy : Built Up Logically - Howard Schoenfeld
Science Fiction Argosy : Judgment Day - L. Sprague de Camp
Science Fiction Argosy : Journeys End - Poul Anderson
Science Fiction Argosy : More Than Human - Theodore Sturgeon

Needs fertiliser.

2.5 out of 5


Atomic energy time depletion.

3 out of 5


Yep, you could be nuts.

3 out of 5


Rat killing means ex-men, even if only in the mind, and the unmoderated female influence ain't much fun at all.

4.5 out of 5


Patent dodge devil of a game.

3.5 out of 5


Old station bits.

2.5 out of 5


Bad tips.

3 out of 5


Want to buy the Earth?

4 out of 5


A sad story of a use for 'slow glass' technology that traps light for an extended period of time.

3 out of 5


Another actual use for a live cat. Fight you little bastard.

4 out of 5


Ship brain Venus trip.

3 out of 5


Staying out of the Witch World.

2 out of 5


In The Demolished Man, society goes for the Doc Savage school of rehabilitation of criminals. i.e. they alter their brains and minds until they are good productive citizens. Telepaths can generally notice when crimes will be committed beforehand.

Here, a clever supervillain type is at large, and has a plan to change things. A man must try and stop him.

4 out of 5

Stored love.

3.5 out of 5


Spook canned delivery.

3.5 out of 5


Expecting something better.

3 out of 5


Town sleep test.

3.5 out of 5


A English diplomat in Prussia, in 1809, performs the titular action and disappears. The story is told in documentation about the event.

3 out of 5


Jumbo magic pattern words.

4 out of 5


Homo Aquaticus surprise war warning.

4 out of 5


Consciousness continuum concentration expedition communication.

4 out of 5


Professional student breakdown.

3 out of 5


Shocked by me.

3.5 out of 5


Iron reaction bullyboy global blowup.

4.5 out of 5


Telepathy no meeting of minds.

3 out of 5


I was pretty amazed the first time I came across this book. It is structured in 3 parts - novellas/novelettes, or what have you.

The basic premise is that Homo Gestalt is coming. Children that develop and relate to people differently than Homo Sapiens. The characters here included a telepath, a telekinetic, a couple of teleporters, and an infant genius.

Broadly speaking, the first part, as you would expect, is about their coming to be, the second, exploring what they are going to do, and the third, more about their influence on society.

It is rather more hopeful than the feared and hunted X-Men type milieu.



More Than Human : 1 The Fabulous Idiot - Theodore Sturgeon
More Than Human : 2 Baby Is Three - Theodore Sturgeon
More Than Human : 3 Morality - Theodore Sturgeon


End of the innocence.

3.5 out of 5


Gestalt growth.

3.5 out of 5


Homo Gestalt investigations.

3.5 out of 5

4.5 out of 5






3.5 out of 5

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